The Manchester United duo have secured consecutive clean-sheets, but how much will the club miss them if Ferdinand follows Vidic through the exit?
It came as quite a shock to many when the announcement was made that Nemanja Vidic would be leaving Manchester United at the end of the current campaign.
He may have had his injury problems, but at just 32, and given his experience in the game, surely here was a player David Moyes could do with as he sought to put his mark on the club.
Given that Rio Ferdinand – three years Vidic’s senior – is approaching the end of his own current deal, the thought of losing both elements of the best defensive pair United have possessed for some time raised plenty of eyebrows.
Ferdinand’s future is yet to be decided – at least publicly – but Vidic will soon be leaving for pastures new. And yet in recent matches the pair have rolled back the years, and ensured United managed two vital clean-sheets as a result.
Ferdinand replaced Rafael at half-time for United’s recent visit to the Emirates, and he and Vidic looked all-but-impenetrable in the second half of that 0-0 draw.
The pair then started the match against Crystal Palace on Saturday evening, and again looked untroubled as Moyes’ side secured a much-needed 2-0 victory.
To expect Ferdinand to play every match is now unrealistic. But in recent weeks the pair have showed that they are still very much up for the challenge.
Moyes will already know he has to revamp United’s midfield for the coming campaign, but if Ferdinand joins Vidic out the door, he will also have to think long and hard about his vital but significantly weakened back-line.
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